3 Bull elephants killed after escaping Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park elephant bull

Kruger National Park elephant bull. For illustrative purposes, not one of the elephants featured in this post © Michael_71

SANParks has announced on their Facebook page that 3 bull elephants have been killed by the Mpumalanga authorities after escaping the Kruger National Park near Matsulu Village, in the vicinity of Nelspruit.

Lesley Nyawo, public relations assistant at SANParks:

“SANParks received reports on 3 elephant bulls that escaped from the Kruger National Park into Matsulu village which is one of the neighbouring communities bordering the park earlier today, 10 March 2018.

A helicopter was dispatched by SANParks to herd the elephants back into the park upon request from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, the operation to herd the elephants back into the park was unsuccessful based on interferences on the ground by the community members which led to the a decision to take the elephants down.

The situation is being monitored and administered by the Mpumalanga Tourism Parks Agency using the applicable legislation for such incident as Matsulu is outside of the park and within the jurisdiction of Mpumalanga Tourism Parks Agency.”

Read this summary of the elephant management strategy for the Kruger National Park. This post includes notes on the handling of escaped elephants.

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  • LindaB

    It says that a helicopter was trying to herd the elephants back into the park, but there were people from the town interfering with that. So because of that, it was decided that the elephants had to die!

    What kind of stupid logic is that!? People were hindering the process of herding the elephants. Remove the people so that the elephants could be herded. Or better yet, shoot the people instead of the elephants. It’s not the elephants fault!

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    • Jill Li

      LOL… sorry I had to ‘laugh’… you must admit it was an understandable response from those who are concerned with the decimation of the elephant population, particularly the Bulls… where will it all end?

  • Whattheh***

    Such a sad situation. There really is no easy solution to these conflicting requirements of animals and humans. You would think however that humans would be understanding that living up against the border of one of the national parks, could mean occassionally having this kind of escapee – interaction. It would be great if the parks could be expanded, and the communities recompensed accordingly, but I do not think that will ever happen. Perhaps it was a mistake to get rid of all the natural plagues like tsetse fly?

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